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Canterbury
 

Canterbury, St Paul


Photo: Richard Offen, 2007

  • 3 bells hung for swing chiming with levers
  • Tenor: 6-2-7 in C.
  • Grid Ref: TR154577
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 1661
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: II*. Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
3 6-2-732" C 1987 Whitechapel Bell Foundry 1987 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
2 4-1-828¾" D 1661 Thomas Palmar I 1987 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
1 3-1-1126⅛" E 1661 Thomas Palmar I 1987 Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Inscriptions

Former bells.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Tenor6½ cwt approx.32"c.1420William DaweNeverRecast 1902.
Tenor31⅞"C♯1902Samuel B. GoslinNever

History

c 1420 Tenor cast.
1552 Record of 3 bells plus a clock bell.
1661 Bells 1 and 2 recast by Thomas Palmar I.
c 1850 Tower largely rebuilt with the frame and bells reinstated.
1887 Stahlschmidt records 3 bells only.
1902 Tenor recast with facsimile inscription and the bells rehung by Samuel Goslin. The ropes had huge fat sallies. [1]
1987 Tenor again recast with facsimile inscription, the trebles were tuned and all were refitted for swing chiming (levers) by Whitechapel and rehung by the KCACR. [2]
[1] The tenor 'spoke with cracked and husky tone'. (Kentish Gazette, 1901)
[2] The reproduced inscription on the new Tenor Bell is a reproduction of what the late Mr Goslin reproduced. As Alan Hughes remarked, "You can read it quite clearly if you know what it says". The 1902 inscription was repeated in Whitechapel’s usual type. And of the old tenor, the late Dennis Chapman said it sounded like a cannon going off. (Recollections from David Cawley, 2017)


Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 22 May 2016